Olympus Stylus Epic
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Olympus Stylus Epic

History: The Stylus Epic or Mju II, as it was called in European and Asian markets, is a fully automatic, weatherproof compact camera that debuted in 1997. Like the Olympus XA, the Stylus Epic features a sliding door to protect the lens – it also doubles as an on/off switch. These cameras are revered for their sharp 35mm F2.8 lens, good autofocus and compact design. Plus the camera is powered by a long-lasting and easily obtainable lithium battery.

Why we like it: There's a lot to like about the Olympus Stylus Epic. While not everyone is a fan of the camera's odd, rounded design, this writer finds it fits perfectly in a back pocket. This, plus its weather-sealing make it a great take-everywhere-camera. Also, the flash starts charging as soon as the cover is opened, meaning it should be ready to go when it comes time to photograph a decisive moment.

'These cameras are revered for their sharp 35mm F2.8 lens, good autofocus and compact design.'

Buy one: These cameras are a cult classic and can be a tad tricky to acquire. This is partly due to the fact that Olympus made numerous compacts under the 'Stylus' and 'mju' names. However the Stylus Epic/Mju II is optically the best and therefore the most coveted. You can generally find one for between $150 and $250 on eBay - not bad for a camera originally marketed as a budget compact.